THE GREAT GATSBY and THE LADY WITH A DOG
Although Anton Chekhov's influence on F. Scott Fitzgerald was first noted by Doug Steinberg in his article "Lights from a Distance," published in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (2009), Matthew J. Bruccoli's "The Composition and Revision of The Great Gatsby" (in his introduction to the Cambridge edition) makes no mention of the potential influence of Anton Chekhov's "The Lady and the Dog" on The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald, who admired Chekhov, was likely to have known "The Lady with the Dog" in the Garnett translation, used here, and to have found in that story a template for Gatsby. The striking similarities between Dimitri Gurov and Jay Gatsby cannot be lightly dismissed. Here, Levitt talks about the similarities of the novels The Lady and the Dog and The Great Gatsby.